The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has selected the US Army Corps of Engineers as advisors to provide technical advice as well as to evaluate and monitor USAID's infrastructure reconstruction program in Iraq. This agreement will be supported initially at three million dollars for one year with the possibility of two one-year extensions.
The Army Corps of Engineers will provide a team of Iraqi and US professionals to ensure that the reconstruction contractor's work is completed in accordance with the job order, international standards, environmental requirements and in compliance with US government policies.
The reconstruction programs that will be monitored are those under the capital construction contract and include: electric power, water and sanitation facilities; public facilities such as hospitals and schools; roads, bridges and railroads; and airport and seaport rehabilitation.
"This architect and engineering services contract demonstrates USAID's continued commitment to ensure the most technically appropriate and efficient management of federal funds," said USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios.
"While we all want the reconstruction activities in Iraq to move swiftly, they must be carried out in accordance with accepted standards, and the Army Corps of Engineers will assist us in achieving both goals."
This contract is part of USAID's overall relief and reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The USAID provides economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide. — (menareport.com)
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